I really want to get a rooster to help protect my flock. I've read a lot about them and i think i may be able to handle it . I know the key is to NEVER hurt your rooster because he see you as "fightable" and takes it as your "challenging" him. So i understand that to tame him, i have to pick him up in front of his harem to humiliate him. I also know that it's very important not to be afraid of him. But my main concern is, my dog. My dog is sweet, friendly, and LOVES my flock. Every time i let him outside, the girls all run to him and follow him around. So cute! But if i get a roo, i don't want him to attack my dog. I know he really wouldn't retaliate against the Rooster or bite him, because hes a big sweetheart, but still, i don't want it to happen. Then, there is my cat to think about. Again, she's a sweetheart and also loves the flock since she helped me raise them when they were chicks. I don't want her or my dog to get hurt. Can anyone tell me their experiences with roosters and family pets? Is there a way to show the rooster that my dog and cat are not going to harm the flock? And can he do damage to my pets? My dog is a mutt. Part German Shepard, part Boxer, and part Mastiff. He's a big guy but i don't want to see that cute face get scratched up. The same goes for my kitty! Plus! I'm only 21 and i plan on having children very soon! I don't want my toddler to be playing on the playground outback and them all of a sudden BAM, he gets attacked. My husband has heard horror stories about roosters but i know it's because those people didn't know how to handle it. But still, if the roo hurts my babies (family pets, or children), he's got to go. And i don't want to listen to my husband say, "I told you so..." Can anyone help or give me some advice? Again, i've never owned a rooster, and i don't know too much about them. I've read a TOn but reading and doing are two completely different things. Maybe i'm over reacting. But a little advice would be GREAT! Thanks!